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my kiss-and-tell manifesto...

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 16, 2012 01:03 AM
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by bubba of the bubbles ( last modified Jan 15, 2012



When I first started this blog, I made a conscious decision to notname names. And then I thought, why not? My three readers want to know thosenames! And so I named names. That’sall fine and dandy when the days are always sunny and the breezes smell of rosepetals, but when the storm clouds collect and the wind knocks over theporta-potty, it’s ultimately best not topublicly kiss (or, more accurately, kiss off) and tell. So I took the namesoff. Nonetheless, some people, the good people, deserve to get named.

So here’smy kiss-and-tell manifesto:

1.    Ifsomeone does a great job and said job is complete (that is, they are no longerneeded on the project [which means the builder, the architect, and the wife arenot eligible for naming until the whole she-bang is done]), I will name thatsomeone. The good-uns deserve recognition. I should note that getting named doesn’t mean perfection (although ithelps greatly). There will be errors. But how those errors are dealt with willdetermine whether or not names get named (unless the errors turn into a comedyof errors). Note that, similar to a mutual fund, past performance does notguarantee future results. The buyer still needs to beware.
2.    Ifsomeone does a crappy job, they ain’tgetting named, but by Jove, I’mgonna write about it. I might reveal the who-dat’s in private conversation depending on theinquisitor and the number of cocktails I’veimbibed (just as a non-blogger would do), but I won’t on this blog. Sorry. Perhapsthey were incompetent, perhaps they had a bad day, or perhaps they had aone-out-every-one-hundred customers brain fart. Nonetheless, I honestly hopethey learn something from the experience, change their evil ways, and becomecapable of providing someone (anyone?) great service.
3.    Ifsomeone is peripheral to the whole operation (like those architects weinterviewed and didn’tselect), I don’t plan on naming ‘em on the blog (although theymay be revealed later in the context of something else if all I have to say arenice things).

When I started this blog, my intent was to accurately portray theprocess in something I would have wanted to read before diving in myself.However, once Architect 1.0 became aware of this humble electronic tome, I neededto be careful about what I posted to prevent the blog from stressing therelationship. Unfortunately, from the standpoint of accurately portraying the(potential) drama in-bedded in the process from the perspective of the client,that calculus will still play a part in what I post here. However, just so youdon’t think everything is sunshineand rose petals, here on out I will use the top-secret phrase “[muffled grunts]” when I’m frustrated that I “can’t” tell you the full story [muffled grunts][Wow! So soon?!?!].

During the interview-a-herd-of-architects process, I was concernedthis blog was going to prevent us from hiring someone (one architect dropped amajor [vaguely critical] hint that he had read it). At one point, I thought oftaking this sucker down lest we get stuck with a grey-haired dude armed with apencil sharpener and a T-square grunting “Interwebs!!!I don’t need no stinkin’ interwebs!!! Now let me tellyou about dog trots and outhouses…”Fortunately, it appears we’llget a house with an indoor pooper. The blog is still here; the horizon beforeus…




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